Winners of Project Playhouse Receive Key at Minute Maid Park
August 21, 2017

 The key to HomeAid's All American Playhouse, the 2017 Project Playhouse that was designed and constructed by Taylor Morrison and Darling Homes, was officially presented to the winner at Minute Maid Park on August 16.  The Buckner family received the key on the ball field prior to the Astros vs. the Diamondbacks game.  Project Playhouse raised over $106,000 for HomeAid's mission, to build new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach.

This is the eleventh anniversary of HomeAid's Project Playhouse, a fundraiser that builds hope and homes for Houston's homeless community.  HomeAid Houston is a  a 501 c 3 charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association.   It is also the eleventh year that HomeAid has partnered with the Houston Astros and the Astros Foundation on this fundraiser.

Jonathan White, Taylor Morrison, division president and Michael Pomerleau, Taylor Morrison senior superintendent who oversaw the playhouse construction, drew the winning ticket on July 19. 

Taylor Morrison/Darling Homes designed and constructed this year's playhouse, named "The All American Playhouse", with donated materials and labor from GHBA members.  Their team created a star spangled design that included the American flag incorporated onto its exterior, a front porch and Dutch style doors.  The playhouse was fully loaded with amenities including air conditioning, a flat screen TV and gaming console,  and child sized furniture and decor to match the theme.

The Taylor Morrison/Darling Homes Project Playhouse team included: Michael Pomerleau, Jonathan White, Amy Haywood Rino, Bill Dalton, Franklin Gonzalez, Daniel Cogan, David Wood, Caroline Noel, Sarah Starr, Keeley Motton, Roger Hollingworth, Rainbow Hayden, Roo Popp, Tara Slusser, Katlynn Thomas, Liz Parsons, Sarah Amaya, Tim DeRouen, Noira Bolin, Danielle Woods, Lewis Walker, Joyce Anderson, Mirna Colindres and Raquel Connor.

Prior to the on-field key presentation, several Project Playhouse sponsors and volunteer groups were honored in Union Station.  They included the "Hall of Fame" sponsors, Apex Foundation, Champion Energy Services, RoofTec and Wisenbaker Builder Services; the winning ticket sales team sold 229 tickets raising $1,145. The individual with record-breaking ticket sales, Lisa Clark, HomeAid board member and vice president of Ryko Development, sold 1,757 tickets raising $8,785.

Jonathan White, division president for Taylor Morrison, Amy Rino, division president for Darling Homes, Bo Butler, president of the Greater Houston Builders Association, Salty Thomason, president of HomeAid and Bette Moser, executive director of HomeAid presented the key in front of the fans.

"The key presentation was the perfect celebration of a successful Project Playhouse," said Salty Thomason, president of HomeAid.  "It brought the entire Playhouse team together to honor the builders, sponsors, vendors and volunteers who made this a World Series success.  We cannot thank the Houston Astros, the Astros Foundation, Taylor Morrison and Darling Homes enough for this record breaking year!"